2021 Pinot Noir MacMuir

Grapes Pinot Noir
Colour Red
Origin New Zealand, South Island
ABV 14.5%
Vineyard MacMuir

The 2021 Pinot Noir MacMuir feels like a work in progress. It's initially a relaxed, fluid style, offering sweet red cherry fruit and showing youthful mocha-like oak, but it is not quite as refined in terms of its tannic quality and togetherness. There's plenty of acidity that ties this together toward a focused, tighten-your-belt one notch kinda finish. Like we're all stuck in a very small space together. Drinking range: 2023 - 2030 Rating: 90 Rebecca Gibb MW - Vinous.com (Apr 2023)

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Dark fruit and cocoa lead this saturating and brooding bouquet. The palate is similarly intense, a different iteration of Felton Road, but it nevertheless has the openness and immediate silky appeal. Sandalwood, dark chocolate and cranberry lingers on a sustained and immensely impressive finish. Certainly no stage fright in this new performer!Winemaker's notes (Jun 2022)

MacMuir is the first new Pinot Noir for us since Cornish Point with the 2007 vintage and Calvert in 2006. The land was part of the original Calvert holding that we began leasing in 2001 when it was a hay paddock and, later, a nut orchard. After several years of working on the soils while pestering Owen, he eventually relented and agreed to sell it. We commenced planting in 2012 to a higher density, improved row orientation and some new Burgundy clonal selections of 828 and 943, along with our own carefully selected Abel, and some other favourites. While it’s just a few hundred metres west of our Calvert vineyard, it impressed from the first harvest with its deeper and richer soils always providing an intensity of fruit and plushness. This vineyard has contributed impressively to the Bannockburn Pinot Noir for many vintages now, but this unique voice deserved to be heard alone. The name MacMuir comes from my family: my mother was of the Muir clan, so I’m a MacMuir: the son of a Muir. But the Muir name is long associated with Bannockburn township with half the sub-region and two other vineyards bearing the name. This is possibly because the ancestors of the Muir clan fought at the battle of Bannockburn. MacMuir has been priced at where we think the overall quality sits: between the other single vineyard wines and the considerably older vines, not to mention reputation, of the single block wines. It is a formidable addition to the range. (Nigel Greening)Winemaker's notes (Jun 2022)

Felton Road

Felton Road and Rippon are undoubtedly the two leading vineyards in Central Otago, both making Pinots that are finely textured with fresh fruit flavours, rather than the 'fruit bombs' that so many others produce. Felton Road has been totally organic and biodynamic across their three Bannockburn vineyards since 2005. They have been certified by Demeter since 2009. After that there are more differences than similarities.
While Rippon, at Wanaka is on schist, Felton Road in Banockburn is on clay and calcareous loess. It is also very much in the rain shadow of the Main Divide. Irrigation is used at Rippon to help establish young vines, but dry farming is possible once the vines get their roots down, while at Felton Road permanent irrigation is required for the entire vineyard.

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